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Could Formula One Speed up Product Innovation in a World of Snail-Paced Monitoring?

December 26, 2014 9:18 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director of Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a fast-changing environment, the collection of data from drivers and their cars in Formula One (F1) racing has been imperative to ensure driver safety and success during a race. Telemetry technology is so advanced that it enables quick decisions...

Big Data and Analytics Still a Driver for Future Change

December 26, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare delivery models have already started the shift away from volume-based care in order...

5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | by Michele Windsor, Direct Sales and Marketing Manager, Accutronics Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most...

Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

December 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience...

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The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

Communication Device Aids the Deaf and Hearing Impared

December 23, 2014 9:39 am | by MotionSavvy | News | Comments

MotionSavvy, makers of UNI, is announcing that the company has exceeded its crowdfunding campaign goal on Indiegogo. The breakthrough device aiming to change the way Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals communicate with the rest of the world...

The Challenges of Designing a Technology for Addiction Treatment

December 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Casey Hanrahan, VP of Design, Soberlink | Blogs | Comments

For people suffering with addiction, the choice to enter treatment is just the beginning. The real work starts in aftercare programs where continuing care helps provide resources necessary for a successful recovery. Soberlink identified a problem in the...

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Hybrid Cloud – A Safe Play for Medical Device Manufacturers

December 23, 2014 8:02 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director of Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When every new technology innovation or computing model has to be evaluated within the constraints of complex and strict regulatory requirements, it is no surprise that medical device manufacturers have been skittish about moving to the cloud. Even as cloud...

Innovative Design to Slash Keyhole Surgery Injuries

December 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Nottingham Trent University | News | Comments

Failed clinical insertions for keyhole surgery could be reduced after researchers developed a new needle which self-retracts to avoid potentially fatal injuries. Developed by Nottingham Trent University and Olberon Medical Innovations, an automatic...

UDI Update from the FDA

December 22, 2014 9:17 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Having passed the first Unique Device Identification System compliance date of September 24, 2014 (for Class III devices and devices licensed under the Public Health Service Act), the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) would like...

5 Critical Components to Harness the Power of Health Data Successfully

December 22, 2014 8:09 am | by Kevin Phillips, VP of Marketing and Product Management, Capsule Technology | Blogs | Comments

Big data…the latest buzz phrase in IT. And it is BIG. With all the technology available today – in our personal lives as well as in healthcare – you can get data on just about anything. From tracking how many steps you walk each day, to how many...

The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 8:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

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Amputee Makes History with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb

December 18, 2014 8:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system...

3Q: Hacking Ebola Health Care

December 18, 2014 8:32 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Bryan Ranger, a third-year doctoral student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, was the student lead for MIT’s participation in the weekend event Stop Ebola Hackathon (Dec. 13-14). The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, MIT Hacking Medicine, and other organizations. It drew more than 100 participants...

Run Deep: Pulsing Magnetic Fields Focus Nano-Particles to Deep Targets

December 18, 2014 8:08 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Recent efforts between the University of Maryland and Bethesda-based Weinberg Medical Physics LLC have led to a new technique to magnetically deliver drug-carrying particles to hard-to-reach targets. The method has the potential to transform the way deep-tissue tumors and other diseases are treated...

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Brain Injury

December 17, 2014 10:39 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study...

Lens-Free Microscope Can Detect Cancer at the Cellular Level

December 17, 2014 9:58 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology...

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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Expands Opportunities for Implantables

December 17, 2014 9:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...

Key Method for Manipulating Cells in Engineered Tissues Developed

December 17, 2014 9:33 pm | by Carnegie Mellon | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Adam Feinberg and his colleagues have developed a new method to control how cells organize themselves on surfaces, a key process required for building and interfacing muscle tissue with medical devices such as coronary stents...

Microwave Imaging of the Breast

December 17, 2014 9:23 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing radiation and sometimes...

Robot Arm Prosthetic Controlled by the Brain

December 17, 2014 9:09 pm | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes ...

Virtual Reality Can Enhance Healthcare

December 17, 2014 11:16 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

In his TEDMED 2014 talk, Howard Rose, President of Firsthand Technology, describes how virtual reality can unlock the innate human power to prevent and recover from illness...            

How Stroke Survivors Could Benefit from Video Games

December 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Stroke survivors can have “significant” improvement in arm movements after using the Nintendo Wii as physiotherapy according to researchers. The popular computer remote could be customized to offer bespoke physiotherapy for stroke survivors in their own...

How Video Game Design Can Effect Change in Health Behavior

December 17, 2014 10:47 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, Brian Primack, Clinician, Professor, and Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, sheds light on how principles learned from video game design can be used to create effective changes in health behavior...

Imaging Catheter for Treatment of Heart Disease Could Reduce Cardiac Intervention Complications

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by RTI International | News | Comments

An emerging 3D imaging catheter aims to provide cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. Developed by RTI International, the catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

New Technology Reprograms Skin Fibroblasts for a New Role

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

As the main component of connective tissue in the body, fibroblasts are the most common type of cell. Taking advantage of that ready availability, scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Wistar Institute...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

MedTech Engineer Specializes in Sophisticated Medicine

December 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

Bhatia’s research defies traditional academic categories, drawing simultaneously on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines. She has generated dozens of patents, several business spinouts, and earned a host of major scientific...

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